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Sat, May 04


Location is TBD in Madison WI

Reception, Dinner and Col. Hans Christian Heg Presentation

Reception, dinner and a presentation about Col. Hans Christian Heg, whose statue in Madison created unwarranted controversy.

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Reception, Dinner and  Col. Hans Christian Heg Presentation
Reception, Dinner and  Col. Hans Christian Heg Presentation

Time & Location

May 04, 2024, 4:30 PM CDT

Location is TBD in Madison WI

About the Event

Save the date and time for this joint event with NorCham Chicago and the Norwegian American Genealogy Center and Naeseth Library (NAGC&NL) in Madison. 

The schedule would be a cocktail reception at 4:30pm, a presentation on Col. Hans Christian Heg at 5:30 with dinner to follow.  Event location TBD.

Hans Christian Heg (1829-1863) was a Norwegian American abolitionist, journalist, anti-slavery activist, politician and soldier. He was born at Haugestad in the community of Lierbyen in Lier, Buskerud, Norway, where his father ran an inn. His family emigrated to the US in 1840, and settled at Muskego Settlement, Wisconsin. After two years as a Forty-Niner in California following the California Gold Rush, Heg returned to settle in Wisconsin.

Heg is best known as the colonel who commanded the 15th Wisconsin Volunteer Regiment on the Union side in the American Civil War. He died of the wounds he received at the Battle of Chickamauga. A 10 ft (3.0 m) high pyramid of 8 in (20 cm) shells at Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park marks the site on the battlefield where Heg was mortally wounded.

A statue by Paul Fjelde was cast in 1925 and installed at the Wisconsin State Capitol building in Madison, Wisconsin, United States in 1926. The bronze statue depicting the Union soldier and abolitionist Hans Christian Heg was torn down by rioters, decapitated and thrown into a lake in June 2020. The Wisconsin state government restored and reinstalled the original statue in September 2021 - [Bio from photo by Daderot/ Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain]

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